Definition of harsh in English:

harsh

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Pronunciation: /hɑːʃ
 
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adjective

Derivatives

harshen

verb
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  • ‘Caution,’ the robot said, its voice harshened by static.
  • In his effort to capture her countenance, he worked the face too hard, the pencil revolving from an oval to sharper lines that harshened her face.
  • Sitting in a creaking chair opposite him was Esmeril, his tired face harshened by the deep shadows that covered it.

harshly

adverb
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  • Certainly it paints an often harshly satirical picture of the Way We Live Now in this part of the world.
  • They are claiming unfair dismissal, arguing that they were treated much more harshly than her.
  • I do criticise them very harshly, they have really done nothing for the rural community.

harshness

noun
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  • A multitude of factors can be used to explain the barbaric harshness of Pol Pot's regime.
  • Whatever the case, lies enable us to smooth over the cold, brutal harshness of reality.
  • Wood is rare enough as a young intellectual interested in religion, but as a critic he has also built a reputation for the harshness of his judgments.

Origin

Middle English: from Middle Low German harsch 'rough', literally 'hairy', from haer 'hair'.

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